Set the letters in line in a composing stick, with nicks all one way, and then distribute them in the usual way.
He did work till midnight; then—in spite of the threat that he would be discharged—he laid down his composing stick on the case.
He stands before his case with a "composing stick" in his hand.
GalleyA shallow tray used by compositors to hold type after the lines have been set and transferred from the composing stick.
What if Burns had been ashamed of his plough, and Franklin had lost his recollection of the candle-moulds and the composing stick?
In no other way can the niceties of typography be so thoroughly or conveniently learned as with composing stick and type case.
Lines that will fall down when the composing stick is slightly tipped forward are too loosely justified.
First place the composing stick conveniently at hand, with its back toward the compositor.
Bobby set up the matter in the composing stick—and promptly pied it when he attempted to move it to the chase.
If the composing stick will accommodate each line of verse in a line of type the composition will be much simplified.